Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again. Hubby spoils me. He packs my lunch every morning before work while I’m getting ready. It works out well since we ride to work together. So every morning, he packs me all sorts of healthy snacks to keep me full throughout the day.

I love eating salads for lunch. I usually go with this Massaged Kale Salad with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds. But sometimes I like to mix things up. I was browsing foodgawker and this recipe caught my eye. Lucky for me, we had all of the ingredients on hand!

This Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad kept well in the fridge and did a good job of keeping me full in to the afternoon. I loved the punch of sweetness provided by the pomegranate arils.

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Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

Shrimp, black beans, and quinoa mixed up to make a great healthy salad

Yield: Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

For the Salad
1 lb steamed shrimp
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/3 cup red onion, chopped
1 orange, peeled and segments chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup pomegranate arils (about 1 pomegranate worth)
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
salt & pepper

For the Dressing
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, microplaned or finely minced
dash of sugar
salt & pepper
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

For the Salad
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside to cool.

Combine cooled quinoa with shrimp, red onion, orange segments, avocado, beans, pomegranate arils, cilantro, salt and pepper.

For the Dressing
Add lemon juice, garlic, sweetener, salt and pepper into a small bowl and whisk in oil.

Pour dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

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9 Responses to “Elote”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — September 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Yum, the grilled corn looks delicious! I so wish I had a grill to make this myself although I may try it with a grill pan!

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    the twins — September 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    i definitely need to try this. there’s a cuban restaurant near me that makes the best grilled corn like this, and i’ve been wanting to try making it forever. yours looks delicious!

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    lifeandkitchen.com — September 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Ummm corn with cheese and spices? You can’t go wrong! That sounds delicious!

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    Melissa — September 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Oh my…that is taking corn to the next level for sure! Yum!

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    Cara — September 14, 2010 at 2:13 am

    I bookmarked this a while ago and can’t wait to try it. Um, I better not wait much longer or else there might not be any corn left to do so!

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    Eliana — September 14, 2010 at 3:03 am

    This is my favorite way to eat corn. It’s so gosh darn delicious I can’t get enough of it. Yours looks absolutely perfect.

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    Elina — September 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Oh yeah, I made this too (here: http://healthyandsane.com/2010/08/new-meatless-favorites/) Couldn’t help but lighten it up a bit but it was still delicious!
    PS- I’m hosting a very sweet giveaway. Check it out! 🙂

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    nutmegnanny — September 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Oh wow this looks amazing!

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    Shannon — September 15, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Mmm, love 🙂

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